Agroecology and Wellness Coordinator (5189U) - 26770
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The Berkeley Food Institute seeks to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. This position would be working with the approximately ten on-campus gardens that produce food, preserve native ecosystems, increase biodiversity and create cultural and community space. Campus gardens create unique spaces for our community to interact with nature, agriculture, food, and one another. Undergraduate and graduate students are involved in the design, implementation, maintenance and programming of urban gardens alongside faculty, staff, alumni , and community members.
The Agroecology and Wellness Coordinator serves as a liaison between food-producing campus gardens and farms, Berkeley Student Farms, Berkeley Food Institute, Basic Needs Center, and supporting campus departments. The scope of their work is focused on four primary areas: project management and coordination, fieldwork, mentorship, and administration. Project management and coordination will include supporting student and department-led programs and campaigns around agroecology and wellness. Fieldwork will include supporting student-led garden and farm management, ongoing maintenance, and on-the-ground material support for growing spaces. Coordination will include facilitating communications between partnering entities, food distribution to the campus food pantry, and acting as liaison to campus administration (grounds, facilities, etc.). Mentorship will include attending student meetings, holding trainings during the academic year, and providing assistance to students engaged in new farming initiatives. Agroecology is a framework for creating ecologically-based and socially-just food systems through research, farming practices, political action, and social change. Wellness attends to the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of individuals to create a thriving community where all people feel a sense of belonging and wellbeing.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 29, 2021
- Project Management and Campus, Farm, and Basic Needs Coordination.
- Assists with assessing and monitoring policies and procedures for Berkeley Student Farms.
- Evaluates and investigates opportunities for improvement, working closely with all project partners to coordinate campus food production and distribution efforts designed to increase food security among students and staff and support the continuity of student leadership and internship opportunities across all campus gardens.
- To those ends, attend regular Berkeley Student Farms meetings, host regular office hours, and maintain direct communication by email, phone or in-person with participants in BSF as well as "Land as Wellness" project partners while respecting each organization's governance structure.
- Provide best practices for food delivery, group calendaring, attendance tracking, harvesting, COVID safety compliance, and other necessary information.
- Serve as a professional staff liaison to campus colleagues involved in farms and gardens.
- Documents activities and follows up in accordance with relevant policies and regulations with Facilities, Grounds, etc.
- Provides research and writing support to grant proposals, meeting summaries and reports.
- Holds check-in meetings to ensure student groups and departments are logging their expenses for the financial reporting requirements of the "Land as Wellness" project.
- Communicates expense progress with grant reporters (Berkeley Student Farms members and Berkeley Food Institute staff).
- Ensures that campus farms and gardens meet university environmental health and safety standards.
- Contacts agencies and research partners as needed to coordinate planning.
- Seeks out community connections and partnerships that create experiential, land-based learning opportunities for students.
- Participates in training activities on research methods and measurement (approximately three trainings per semester) to student gardeners in seeding and greenhouse management, transplanting, irrigation construction and maintenance, harvesting, pruning, fertilization, and on-farm construction.
- Ensure that materials (tools, seeds, etc.) are well kept and available to all students participating in BSF.
- This may require as needed procurement of supplies with local vendors.
- Thorough knowledge of safety, legal, cultural and regulatory requirements relative to field research responsibility.
- Thorough knowledge of the agroecology or food sovereignty research discipline, principles, concepts, analysis and/or operations.
- Thorough knowledge of or ability to quickly learn local customs and operations at Berkeley Student Farms.
- Experience managing farm and garden operations, including knowledge of crop planning, seeding, transplanting, irrigation, harvesting, pruning, plant care, soil management, etc.
- Ability to source critical farm and garden infrastructure, supplies, and materials.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships.
- Excellent communicator, effective facilitator, and good problem solver.
- Cultural competency and humility to work across languages, cultures, styles, and opinions in a diverse public university context and produce results.
- Proven ability to work independently and with a team, and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
- Proficient in basic office management software (Google Suite, Email, Word, Excel).
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- Proven ability to work in ambiguous conditions and take relevant responsible action as required.
- Experience working with Indigenous plants, land preparation, and stewardship.
- Knowledge about agriculture, wellness and food justice organizations within the Bay Area and beyond.
- Experience with community building and conflict resolution.
- Master's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $56,800.00 - $59,000.00,
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 5, 2022.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours per week), Contract (temporary) appointment with an opportunity for renewal.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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